St. Louis County council votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana possession

St. Louis County council votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana possession

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to reduce the penalties for certain amounts — less than 35 grams — of recreational marijuana possession.

It goes from a fine of not more than ,000 or one year in jail or both to a fine of not more than 0.

The legislation was sponsored by former St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch. Ernie Trakas was the lone “no” vote, explaining that he considers marijuana a gateway drug that can lead to users becoming addicted to more dangerous illicit substances.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Fitch said, in the past, he would have also voted “no” on a measure like this. But he also said the bill brings the penalties in line with the reality: if a person receives a ticket in unincorporated St. Louis County, it’s reduced to a littering fine of .

“I will tell you that I have kind of softened on this through the years, as most of society has. I do recognize the dangers of marijuana and I still am concerned about people using marijuana as a gateway drug,” Fitch told 5 On Your Side.

Doug Moore, a spokesman for County Executive Sam Page, said Page will sign the bill into law.

Read more: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/marijuana/st-louis-county-recreational-marijuana-possession/63-3e5a33e3-cb63-4157-b44b-fc9cca3a4322

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